Heading into a Memorial Day with historically high gas prices, a few important travelers won’t have to worry about their mileage.
Meals on Wheels volunteers received $5,000 in donations from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Friday morning.
The charity delivers food to house-bound seniors. Volunteers typically drive their own cars to deliver the meals, and in the past several months, volunteer participation has dwindled as a result of high gas prices.
Volunteers were present as the band presented gas cards to the charity.
“Sycuan has made our day,” said Debbie Case, President and CEO of San Diego’s Meals on Wheels.
Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver an average of nearly 1,000 meals per day, according to their website. Two years ago, the band also bought a new van for the charity.
“Gas prices are hurting everyone,” said Daniel J. Tucker, Chairman Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. “People still need to get their food though. Let’s give them some gas so they can continue to bring the meals.”
Tucker noted the importance of not only the meals delivered, but the personal contact provided by the volunteers.
“It’s the one contact our seniors get in a day,” Case said.